Posted on 2011-09-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hi Due to only having a fibre cable connection for home broadband just for testing.  Ive wish to connect to my 2nd router which is a Cisco 837.  I have connected both my 'Netgear and Cisco 837 router together via a x-over cable and have plugged my laptop into my secondary Cisco 837 Eth port and can still receive internet access.

This setup is just for the purposes of learning how to configure 'SDM' that only works on cisco routers that are also/can be used for small businesses..

I can also bring up a 'browser' for my 'Netgear router' and configure the box as I see fit, but what I wish to do is also bring up a browser using a 2nd 'IP Address' on the 2nd Cisco 837 using the 'browser' also to configure it and so I was told the following:

Click on the 'Network icon' where the 'ip address' is located and select 'Bridge Connections' this will allow me to have '2 gateways', but in order for this to happen I was told to ensure 'Plug n Play' was activated and this should then allow me to continue but it does not!! Why?

I have checked on my Win 7 Laptop and run: services.msc and yes 'Plug n Play' is activated!!!!
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 500 total points
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to bridge connections you need 2 network adapters.  you will need a telnet client connected to the com port on the cisco router to change the configuration of that router.

with sdm are you following these instructions

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It was suggested as I dont have 2 nics in my laptop that I could some how ensure 'plug n play' was activated and that it should detect my 2nd Cisco router which my laptop is currently plugged into where I also receive internet access and that it should appear in 'Network Settings' so that I can then do 'Bridge connections'  That was the point but Ive not got a clue how to do it.

I did look at some instructions for a Win 2003 server and by selecting in the 'Device Manager' LPT1 or something and enabling 'Plug n play' that was would then allow this, but not sure about my laptop as I also installed my 'printer' software in order to select 'LPT1' or something but did not get simular stuff, so that did not work for me on my 'Win 7 laptop'

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ID: 36515481
Hi ve3ofa, Yes I did follow those instructions and already opened up 'SDM' succesffully, but I took my server/pcs to a friend home temporarily to make use of the 'ADSL internet connection' but they have now moved house so I could not carryon.  So in the end I was able to afford my own 12 internet connection, but due to my ISP using a coaxial cable in my home to plug into the 'Netgear router' they provided meant I could not plug my 'ADSL Cisco 837' direct to internet, but via the 'Netgear' with a 'x-over' cable.  Hence my main thread!!

Thats how I come to asking my main thread question to see if it can be done without a 2nd nic!!
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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is your configuration  pc -> cisco router -> netgear -> cloud ?  That is the way it will have to be configured for any chance of success

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Yes that my hardware was setup as you suggest:  pc - cisco router - netgetar  - cloud as Yes I could get access to my 'SDM' as I put the cisco router and laptop on same subnet as 'netgear'..

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I was still not able to do the 'Bridge connection' as originally suggested on my main question thread!!!!
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 500 total points
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to bridge connections you need 2 network adapters of which none are being used for internet connection sharing

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Hi ve3ofa,  Ok it was just that someone said that even though I did not have 2 network adapters there was a way round it in view of how I did have things setup.

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In the end I just added the 2nd router to the same subnet as I did not have a 2nd nic card in place and was then able to access my router via SDM.

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